A day in the life of an education franchise owner

For most people, the journey to owning a franchise business follows a familiar route. Prospective franchisees find a franchise business they like, go through a recruitment process, receive training and set up their premises. Once ready, they market themselves and start running their business in earnest. But while most franchisees might start their businesses in very similar ways, their day-to-day lives can be very different. Why? Because franchising isn’t just about starting a business, it’s about runningone. Franchisees can run their businesses in a way that suits their lifestyles and fits their career objectives; that’s what makes a franchise different from a company ‘owned and operated’ business. We spoke to Aynit Shah, one of our franchisees from Leicester, to get a glimpse into the daily life of a First Class Learning franchisee. Aynit’s experience is just one of many, but it paints a good picture of what you could do with your own learning centre.

9am – 3pm: open schedule
Dependant on how large and established a centre is, this part of the day can look very different for FCL centre managers. New franchisees, for example, may use this time to complete training and consolidate familiarity with the learning materials and processes provided by FCL. Other centre managers use the time to complete learning plans, check staff rosters and review class schedules. For Aynit, this time is an excellent opportunity to catch up on all the administration work required of a business owner: ‘We worked hard to build our business and now have around thirty staff. My centres are now open for 3 two-hour sessions a week. On top of this I do around three hours’ admin a week and the rest of the time I work on growing the business.' – Aynit Shah, Leicester Running a business can be hard work, but don’t  get the impression that being an FCL centre manager is all about paperwork. This can be a lifestyle business; as you become more established in your area, you can choose how involved you are in the day-to-day running of your centre. Whether you want to just step back from tutoring or create a self-sustaining centre, anything is possible. ‘My dream was to have a business that self-sustained,’ says Aynit. ‘I wanted people to come for the brand, not for me.’
3pm – 4pm: preparation
This is the time where most staff arrive at their centre, set-up the classrooms and prepare for the children arriving. Common tasks may include:
  • Ensuring all the appropriate worksheets are ready for use
  • Briefing staff if required
  • Checking attendance lists to confirm any known absences
If everything is ready and you’ve ensured the students have everything they need, all that’s left is welcoming them.
4pm – 6pm: showtime
‘When I joined FCL, what I loved was that I had the freedom to do things the way I want to. Back then, there were about 30 centres around the country now there are more than 250. But the song remains the same. It’s my business, my decision.’ - Aynit Shah What you do from here depends on whether you actively tutor or just manage the centre. For those owners who are involved in teaching, this is the time to shine. At First Class Learning, owners have the opportunity to teach the National Curriculum in their way using the excellent learning materials provided.
At the end of the day, the world is your oyster
Some franchise businesses afford their franchisees more flexibility than others, and this is certainly the case at First Class Learning. When looking for the ideal franchise you should consider your lifestyle, think about how you want to teach and how you’ll run your business, and talk to other franchisees about their day-to-day schedule. One of the great benefits of education franchising with First Class Learning is having freedom to teach the curriculum the way you want and reap the benefits of your own labour. You can construct a work/life balance that suits you, while building a business that creates positive outcomes for children.